Re: Hârlău Map #romania

Robert Murowchick

Hi Sharon, I've found one street map of Harlau published in 1926 (attached). Only the main streets are labeled, along with some notable buildings. If you compare it to the modern layout of the city in Google Maps,26.9070621,15z you'll see that some of the main roads retain variants of their old names, so you can figure out where you are.  The website on which this map is found describes it this way: "In a school textbook from 1926 intended for students from Botoșani county, there is a street plan of the city of Hârlău." 

During my search I found a number of late 19th and early 20th c. city maps of the larger city of Iasi--let me know if those would be helpful.

Robert Murowchick    <robertmurowchick AT>
Needham, MA

Researching these family links:
MUROWCHICK/MURAWCHICK/MURAWCZYK etc (David-Gorodok, Belarus, New Jersey, Chicago)
KUNECK/KONIK/KYONIK (Kozhan-Gorodok, Belarus)
EPSTEIN/EPSTINE (Gavish/Gavieze, Liepaja, Latvia)
SEGAL/SIEGEL (Tilsit, Koenigsburg, Germany; Baltimore; Chicago)

Name: Elingator #names

Isabel Cymerman

Possible answer to member looking for ELINGATOR - Have you tryed INTRILINGATOR?  it means book binder.

Isabel Cymerman
Southbury, CT

REMINDER: JGSIG September Meeting - Tues Sept 14, 2021, 10-11:30 AM EDT. Zoom - RSVP #events #jgs-iajgs #guidelines #announcements #education

Arthur Sissman

DON'T FORGET: JGSIG September Meeting - Tues Sept 14, 2021, 10-11:30  AM EDT. Zoom - RSVP


Hi All,


I will present information on -

How to share your Family Tree on Ancestry or My Heritage and Keep your Privacy.

  • Focus will be on sharing your Family Tree on while protecting your privacy as best you can.
  • Handout info will include info on doing the same on MyHeritage, and
  • Topics to cover: make a tree public, private, private non-searchable; sharing trees, sharing parts of trees - leaving live people private, splitting trees using software, sharing gedcoms, etc. 
  • What specific item in this sharing and privacy, do YOU need to know more about?  Send idea/request to genresearch13@..., with your request for a Zoom link!

The presentation is designed so you are encouraged to follow along on your device, using your data, to follow the Zoom demo.  If you can have the Zoom up on one device (phone, tablet, laptop, etc), while you following along on your tree on  Be interactive if you can - have you got a tree you need to share?

Q&A will follow the presentation.

I will be sending out a handout to those who attend the meeting.

Please RSVP to Arthur Sissman at genresearch13@... to receive a link to the Zoom meeting 2-3 days before Sept 14th at 10am.
You will receive an acknowledgement that you signed up.


Send your RSVP to Arthur Sissman  genresearch13@...  
Please send the following info with your request.
1. Your location.
2. Where do you have Trees - Ancestry, MyH, Family Search, etc?
3. Do you know what is or ever used a gedcom?
4. What is your #1 question about Sharing Trees with others?

Hope to see you at the meeting!



Arthur Sissman

Jewish Genealogy SIG of Collier/Lee Co FL



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Researching: ZISMAN/ZYSMAN/ZUSMAN (Belarus); TELESHEVSKY (Belarus); CHANUTIN, (W. Russia), BRODY, (Hungary); FRIEDMAN, (Hungary); GRAUBARD, (Romania/Ukraine)




Gesher Galicia’s Research Update #galicia #announcements

Gesher Galicia SIG

Gesher Galicia is pleased to share its next research update that highlights three projects. We also provide information on how family history researchers can access the relevant data. For other projects, please refer to our last report (July 2021) or contact us at info@....

Jewish Medical Students Project (1784-1939)

Objectives: The project aims to create searchable information on Jewish university students. Over the past four years, our archival research has focused on medical students who aspired to become dentists, medical doctors, midwives, pharmacists, or surgeons.

: Datasets span the period from the end of the 18th to the beginning of the 20th century, with the last group of records from 1939. In total, we have indexed close to 7,000 records from several universities frequented by Galician Jews. The project included: Kraków (Jagiellonian) and Lemberg/Lwów/Lviv universities; Pest (Budapest) University; and Prague University.

This year, we have uploaded the following records:

       Lwów/Lviv University: Applications to Study Medicine and Pharmacy, Oct. to Dec. 1939

In the first months of Soviet occupation of eastern Poland, about 1,600 Jews from former Galicia and elsewhere applied for admission to study medicine or pharmacy. These unique documents inform us about the applicants and the whereabouts of their parents, and often shed light on family separations between the German- and Soviet-controlled territories.

: To search for a Jewish student by surname, go to the All Galicia Database (an open-access resource). If needed, narrow your search by entering the surname and applying an optional filter; for example, from “Record type” select “School”:

To find more about the project, its archival sources (the inventory table), and other references, please visit the project page (an open-access resource):

Gesher Galicia’s members may also access full listings of Jewish medical students, supplemented by the data from other sources, where available. From the Gesher Galicia homepage ( follow the path:

Member Login>Members Portal>Archival Records>Jewish Medical Students. 

If you know of additional details (emigration data, Holocaust-related, or year of death) concerning Jewish medical students identified in the All Galicia Database, please contact us at info@.... We plan to make periodic updates to this database.

Jewish Students from Galicia in Vienna (1898-1938)

Objectives: Gesher Galicia has entered into a joint project with the Vienna University of Economics and Business (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien). We aim to create an inventory of Jewish students from Galicia who studied at the two predecessor institutions in Vienna, the Export Academy (k.k. Exportakademie, 1898–1918) and the University of World Trade (Hochschule für Welthandel, 1919–1938).

: A preliminary review reveals the prospect of many important discoveries. We learn that the first woman who graduated from the Export Academy in 1917 was a Jewish female student from Kołomyja, Galicia. With the Nazi takeover of Austria in 1938, we note a number of students who were forced to abandon Vienna. 

The project is expected to be completed in 2022 when searchable records will be made available by Gesher Galicia. These efforts are coordinated by Johannes Koll (Head of University Archives, Vienna University of Economics and Business) and Andrew Zalewski (Gesher Galicia).

The project is funded by the Future Fund of the Republic of Austria and the National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism.

Josephine & Franciscan Surveys Project (1787-1859)

Objectives: The project aims to offer information from cadastral surveys, which were conducted for the purpose of land and real estate taxation; the Josephine survey at the end of the 18th century and the Franciscan survey in the early 19th century.

: Over the past five years, we have inspected files for 67 towns, yielding more than 56,000 indexed records, typically containing the names of family heads.

This year, we have uploaded the indexes for the following towns (years in parentheses):

       Baranów (1788, 1820); Bursztyn (1787, 1820); Dubiecko (1820); Dunajów (1820); Jazłowiec* (1787, 1821); Kozowa (1787); Nowy Sącz (1859); Tarnobrzeg (1787, 1820, 1850).

* In addition, we have indexed the property records from Jazłowiec (1792), showing transitions between Jewish patronymic names and fixed hereditary surnames.

All researched localities can be found listed on the project page (see resources below).

: To search by surname, go to the All Galicia Database (an open-access resource). If needed, narrow your search by entering the surname and applying optional search filters; for example, from “Town” select the name of locality and from “Record type” select “Property”:

To find more about the project, its detailed archival sources with the listing of all towns (the inventory table), and other references, please go to the project page (an open-access resource):

Gesher Galicia’s members may also access scans of the records, if available. From the Gesher Galicia homepage ( follow the path:

Member Login>Members Portal>Archival Records> Josephine and Franciscan Cadastral Surveys


We acknowledge expert help of several individuals: (a) Research: Maria Vovchko (Lviv, Ukraine), Michał Majewski (Warsaw, Poland), and Tony Kahane (London, UK); (b) Database/Website: Pawel Malinowski (Warsaw, Poland), Liliana Serhejczuk (Kraków, Poland).

Please direct questions regarding the above projects or supplementary information for the Jewish Medical Students Project to info@...


Andrew Zalewski

Vice President, Gesher Galicia

Send all inquiries to info@...


MyHeritage Free Access to All Census Records September 1-8 2021 #announcements #records

Jan Meisels Allen



In honor of Labor Day MyHeritage is offering free access to all census records September 1-8, 2021. MyHeritage’s Census and Voter Lists encompass a repository of over 1.3 billion records including from Canada, Ireland, Scandinavia ,United Kingdom and the  United States. There are also electoral rolls and other records from Argentina, Armenia, Australia, , Chile, Greece,  Venezuela and more.


Records on MyHeritage are always free to search, but to view the records, you generally need a paid Data or Complete plan. This week, however, all census and voter list records are completely free for all to access and enjoy.


MyHeritage’s Global Name Translation™ technology, you can find records even in languages other than your own. The algorithm identifies additional versions of the names you’re searching for, including nicknames and versions in other languages, and will locate records that match. The census and voter list collections include, for example, electoral rolls from Greece that are recorded in Greek — but you can still search them in your native language, and you’ll see the results translated back into your language for you.


You do have to register to access the database.  To search go to:

MyHeritage has a two-step security system. Once you register and sign-in you may have to obtain a code sent to your designated location (cell phone, text, email).


To read more see their blog post at:


I have no affiliation with MyHeritage and I am posting this solely for the information of the reader.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee




Geneanet Joins Ancestry #usa #announcements #france #records

Jan Meisels Allen



The mergers and acquisitions in the genealogy field continue.  Today, Ancestry announced that it reached an agreement to acquire Geneanet.

Earlier this year Geneanet had announced plans to merge with Filae. However, Filae was acquired by MyHeritage as was announced on this forum earlier in August acquiring 90.91% of the share capital and 89.11% of the voting rights of Filae.


According to Geneanet, this Filae-MyHeritage was a formidable competitor for the, not to mention the considerable distortion of competition represented by the massive sales of DNA kits by MyHeritage in France despite the current legislation that prohibits it.”


Looking at various options Geneanet decided they preferred to rely on a strong partner and that was Ancestry for Geneanet’s  future development.  Ancestry is committed to preserving Geneanet’s uniqueness.


Geneanet will remain Geneanet with everything you are attached to.


Geneanet will remain a stand-alone site within Ancestry.


This means that Geneanet subscribers will continue to be able to use all the services of the “” site, which are managed by the Geneanet company based in Paris with the same team of employees. Your trees are and remain your property and will continue to be hosted by Geneanet. The Geneanet teams remain your contacts.


Geneanet subscribers will benefit from access to many additional databases as part of their Premium subscription. For example, we have just added the entire civil registry of Paris, indexed by Ancestry, which is more than 11 million records. Other collections will be available soon.


Just as the public individuals in your trees are indexed on Geneanet’s search engine, they will also be indexed via Ancestry’s search engine with a link to Geneanet for viewing the trees.


To read more see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee





Archaeologists Expose Remains of Vilna, Lithuania Synagogue Destroyed by Nazis and the Soviets #announcements #lithuania

Jan Meisels Allen

The Great Synagogue of Vilna Built in 1630s
Photo from Israel Antiquities Authority


A joint excavation by Israeli and Lithuanian archeologists, over six years, exposed the Torah ark and bimah of the Great Synagogue of Vilna. The dig also revealed a small, hand-shaped pointer known as a yad that was used during readings of the Torah.  The synagogue was destroyed by the Nazis during the Holocaust and later razed by the Soviets  in the 1950s.


The team used ground-penetrating radar to locate the new finds.


Built in the 17th century, the Great Synagogue was part of a large Jewish center that included schools, ritual baths, prayer halls and a community council. The building itself was constructed with its first floor well before street level in deference to a rule that synagogues couldn’t be built higher than churches.  This allowed the structure to appear only three stories tall when, in fact, its inside “soared to over five stories.”


According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the city was home to about 55,000 Jews, in 1939, who represented more than a quarter of the total population.


Germany’s occupation of Vilnius began on June 24, 1941. Nazi forces pushed the city’s Jews into two ghettos and began mass killing operations shortly thereafter. By the end of the year, the Germans had massacred about 40,000 Jews at a killing site established in Ponary forest, outside Vilnius.


The Soviet Union liberated the city in 1944. After the war ended, Soviet authorities leveled the partially destroyed synagogue and built a school atop its ruins. Per the Times of Israel, the Soviets razed all that remained of the grand house of worship between 1956 and 1957. ( There is a video in Hebrew on YouTube regarding the find:


The dig uncovered two impressive staircases visible in images taken of the synagogue prior to its destruction. The team also found the entire façade of the bimah, as well as the remains of one of four pillars that held up the building’s roof.


To read more see:


Thank you to David Oseas, Webmaster for JGS Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV) for sharing the information with us.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



Lewinsohn in Livingston, NJ #usa

Neil Rosenstein

Trying to make contact with the family of Gerald (Moshe) Lewinsohn who settled in Livingston NJ in 1988, father of Jonathon and Yedidya. Their mother is Shulamit, daughter of  Esther (and Rabbi Israel Leiter), daughter of the Rokeach and Labin rabbinical families.
Neil Rosenstein


Re: tracing relatives that moved to Israel in 1960 #romania

אבא ואמא

היי ג 'ון מצאת משהו? ב לעשות את זה עובד (בלי כסף כמובן). אם אתה צריך לכתוב לי.

Kibbutzei Aliya - post-War Poland Kibbutzim -- zionist etc #poland

David Ferleger

After the War,  there were kibbutzim established in Poland (at least), often associated with Zionist movement groups. My mother (oriringtally from Warsaw) went to one for a bit. Anyone know sources/resources for more information on these kibbutzim?
David Ferleger

Re: German Reparation Files #records #germany

Nikki Bossert

Hi Corinna,

I recently discovered my grandfather through DNA testing (through a second cousin). I have received his files through Arolsen Archives and can see that he corresponded with the BLEA (Arolsen Archives files). Because I don’t have legal proof of my relationship to him, would I still be able to access his records (assuming they aren’t public)? And what’s the best way to find out if they are public? I have traced him through 1951 to St. Paul, MNbut the trail goes cold from there. I saw earlier posts discussing that these restitution files may have family history/stories and that is what I’m most interested in finding. His name was Abram Zilberminc and he was originally from Poland but was living in a DP camp in Feldafing prior to immigrating to the US.

Thank you,
Nikki Bossert

SCJGS: invites you Belarus: Jewish History and Research Strategy in the Archives by Yuri Dorn on September 19, 1pm Pacific #announcements #events #belarus

Leah Kushner

Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society 
 invites you to our next Zoom program on 
Sunday, September, 19. 2021

1 pm Pacific Zone Time

Belarus: Jewish History & Research Strategy in the Archives

    with Yuri Dorn, Coordinator of Jewish Heritage Research Group in Belarus


Program:  This presentation includes a Jewish history of Belarus plus research tips and techniques.  Including an overview of available documents such as:  family lists, revision lists, censuses, metric, draft , homeowners, and business owners. Other documents include- foreign passports, voter registration, ship manifest and tombstone inscriptions.


 Speaker:  Yuri Dorn is a well-known genealogist, specializing in Jewish genealogy and ancestral tourism to Belarus. He founded Jewish Heritage Research Group in 2002, which consists of professional historians, genealogists and certified English speaking guides. Yuri and his staff are not only working in Belorusian archives and arranging ancestral tours to Belarus, but they also put a lot of efforts into restoration and preservation of Jewish heritage in Belarus.


Zoom link will be sent to your email the week of the event, please check your Spam folder if it does not arrive. 


RSVP for guest attendees   Here 

This event is free for SCJGS members, $5 for non-members. 


To become a member of Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society, go to membership.scjgs@...  for more information.

Contact: Leah Kushner

 President, SCJGS
Santa Cruz, California




Re: Trying to get record of death from Vienna, 1941 #austria-czech #records


Update: Veronica, the following compendium of records was not useful to me, as the death that I was looking for occurred after 1920, but it should be very useful to you, as it contains more information and has a less haphazard ordering of records: Wien, Stadt- und Landesarchiv, Sterberegister, 1648-1920 (at Family Search)

Miles Rind
Cambridge, Mass.

Jewish cemetaries restoration. #poland #general

אבא ואמא

I try to find any organization who work with Jewish cemetaries restoration in poland.why?I am going to be from 30 September in bilgoraj and tarnobrzeg(dzikow)in poland.what I saw that there are not data from this cemetaries from this who I have to be in contact?
Thanks a lot
yerucham zvi kunstlich
bnei Barack
Israel(the holy land)

Re: Trying to get information on the wife and family of Elchanan Livenberg or Levenberg, lived on Chasan Sofer 17, Bnei Brak, Israel. #names #romania #hungary #israel

Walla Walla

Elhanan Levenberg's son lives in Jerusalem and his daughter lives in Bnei Brak. I do not know how to contact and provide an address and telephone numbers in a personal message, so I answer here in the forum
According to Bezeq 144 Mordechai Shlomo Levenberg, the male of the twins
I can move more details I have no how

Re: Trying to get record of death from Vienna, 1941 #austria-czech #records


Veronica, I have received replies privately that have led me down two roads of inquiry.

(1) One was to write to my local Austrian consulate. The consulate sent me PDFs for applying to the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and Foreign Affairs (Bundesministerium für europäische und internationale Angelegenheiten) in Vienna for a copy of the death certificate. If I have interpreted the instructions correctly, the fee is only 14.90 euros, though bank transfer fees are an additional cost. I don't know, though, whether you can get a certificate without specifying a date of death.

(2) The suggestion of an informant led me to the index of death records (Totenverzeichnisse) of the City Archive of Vienna from 1868 to 1942 at the Family Search Web site. I found the index entry for the death of my cousin there: it tells me where he died, but not the cause of death, though some entries do provide that information. However, without an exact date of death, you may have to search by eye through dozens or hundreds of images to find the record of your grandmother. Even with an exact date of death, I had to look through several pages, because the deaths are recorded somewhat haphazardly, apparently according to whenever the news reached the office.

Miles Rind
Cambridge, Mass.

Hârlău's Maps #romania


While trying to locate my ancestors' addresses in Harlau, Romania, based on the records I have found about them, I realize the streets no longer exist on the current map of the town. Does anybody have previous maps of Harlau they can share?

Thank you,
Sharon Cop
New York, NY

Re: Why were so many children labeled "illegitimate" in Birth Registration (Metrical) Books of Subcarpathia - late 1800s #hungary


Maybe you can learn something from books like -

Jewish Marriage and Divorce in Imperial Russia
(Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry)
Paperback – November 1, 2001

Re: German Reparation Files #records #germany

Michael Danziger

Thank you so much for your reply Corinna. 

As you know, reparations were paid to non-German residents as well. So where would one write to find those records (for example, for my Polish family)?

Warm regards,

Michael Danziger

New Jersey

Re: German Reparation Files #records #germany


Dear Michael, dear  Eleanor and dear readers of the list:
There is a central card index:


Bezirksregierung Düsseldorf

- Dezernat 15 (Bundeszentralkartei) -

Postfach 30 08 65

40408 Düsseldorf

Tel.: 0211/475 - 3071 oder 3571

Fax.: 0211/475 - 3979

Email: bzk@...

You can ask them via e-mail. They are able to tell you where the files concerning a person are held.
Some are in the state archives of the region where the person lived or submittel claims. Some are still stored with the authorities.
In Berlin you can search a database of the Berlin states archives. 
But they have only the files for lost propertiy restitution  claims. The other files are still held at the

Entschädigungsbehörde des Landes Berlin 

Normally the files can be accessed thirty years after death of the person. Sometimes they whant a formless declaration about being related.

Kind regards
Barbara Elkeles

7441 - 7460 of 668911